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The magic of oil

The ancient practice of self-massage, to clear the body of toxins, soothes spirit and mind, too – and is a powerful addition to Ayurvedic living, writes Eminé Rushton

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Ayurveda is an holistic system that celebrates the unique qualities of oil – and nowhere is this clearer than in the art of self-massage, or abhyanga. Warm oil is massaged into every inch of the body, for 15 minutes each day; a loving practice that helps to bolster, nourish, calm and soothe our bodies, and heal our ailing spirits. This healing practice promotes longevity, tissue health, happiness and sleep. It is short and simple, yet often overlooked.

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